|SJG 2010 - Respect for the Elders Day; |
photo by Monzie
I caught up with an 11-member group from the International District Community Center who clustered on the moon-viewing platform, excitedly pointing to the fish as ducks and koi competed for food and laughing as a turtle sedately paddled by to join the feeding frenzy The resident heron was elsewhere...
The group moved on to the tableland to pause at a newly planted Mt Fuji cherry tree. This was site of a ceremony last week attended by the Japanese ambassador to celebrate the garden's 50th anniversary. At the tree's foot stands a small, white, irregularly-shaped stone bearing a plaque, which reads:
|SJG 2010 - New Mt. Fuji Cherry; photo by Monzie|
This tree is a propagation of the one planted by Japanese Crown Prince Akihito in 1960
Best wishes for another 50 years of friendship
Between the US and Japan
September 16, 2010
In celebration of the 50th Anniversary.
Japanese Ambassador and Mrs. Ichiro Fujisaki
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn
Consulate-General of Japan, Seattle
Japanese Business Association of Seattle"
My own tour group of 12 curious seniors wanted to see all - no skirting the hills - and game for picking their way across stones at the base of the falls When told the age of the black pine overlooking the north end of the lake (plus or minus 100 years), a wave of appreciation swept through. "At last, something older than I am," came from the rear.
|SJG 2010 - Origami table; photo by Monzie|
Close by, departing visitors examined the exhibit of photographs of the Katsura palace taken in 1960 by Ishimoto Yasuhiro. As I left the gate, a growing group of respected elders sat under a red tent in the courtyard, now protected from the sun rather than rain, waiting patiently for the next tour.
|SJG 2010 - Strolling through; photo by Monzie|